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Orange and Cinnamon Poached Pears with Chocolate Ganache

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Poached pears have always seemed a little scandalous to me.  Pale, tender, curvaceous pears slip their clingy skins to skinny dip in a syrupy concoction, then brazenly pose on a little plate in all of their glory.  They’re like the Victoria Secret models of the fruit dessert world.  Fortunately, they’re completely family friendly and perfectly safe to share with children and husbands alike.  They’re a great way to whip up a simple dessert and you can find poached pear recipes from the simplest (simmered in a plain simple syrup) to the extravagant (simmered in wine with exotic spices).  When I’m feeling extra indulgent, I like to drizzle mine with chocolate ganache.

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Simple Thanksgiving Dessert: Stuffed Pears

Eric and I bought a box of twenty “sugar pears” from Sam’s Club at the beginning of the month. They started out firm and crispy, perfect for salads and sandwiches. As they got slightly softer they began to truly live up to their name with a juice rolling down your chin sweetness. As I wiped my chin with a juice soaked napkin from the first ultra ripe pear, I knew it was time to turn them into a healthy dessert.  This simple dessert is now at the top of my dessert list in my collection of Thanksgiving recipes.

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